Waves of memories flooded Minosha’s mind as she recounted her life story to a GFA-supported field correspondent. Sorrowful memories about her husband, whom she never got to say goodbye to; about giving birth to their son alone, wondering where her husband was; about the day she learned she was a widow. The endless tears. Yet by the end of their conversation, a smile shone in her eyes—she also remembered the day she met Jesus. The Grief of One Widow
When Minosha was only 25 years old and pregnant with their first child, her husband vanished. Violence had ravaged her nation for decades, leaving behind a swath of destruction and grief, and now her own family bore its mark. Devastated, Minosha searched everywhere for her husband and prayed to her traditional god faithfully. After a few years, she lost hope of ever seeing him again. Grief consumed her; she could hardly eat, and days of weeping left her weak.
Five years later, it was confirmed: Her husband was dead.
In many places, if a mother, sister or neighbor lost her husband suddenly, she would likely receive notes of condolence, flowers and gifts of hot meals or offers for watching young children. But instead of receiving help, Minosha gained the responsibility of financially providing for her parents and brother, who lacked a viable source of income.
Your gift to GFA’s Widows and Abandoned Children Fund will equip national workers to minister Christ’s hope to at-risk women and children. This fund provides items like income-generating gifts, shelter, counseling, food and, in the case of abandoned children, a chance to be reunited with a suitable family member when appropriate. Above all, God’s love will be displayed in both word and deed to the helpless, just as He commanded in Scripture.